Driving After C Section
A c section or caesarean section is just like any other major surgery, and that the healing time depends on the woman’s overall health. Getting back to normal means, aside from doing the basic activities such as caring for the new baby and taking care of yourself as well, other activities like exercising, carrying heavy things, and driving after c section can also be a part again of your daily life.
After giving birth, it takes longer for a woman who underwent a caesarean section to recover, when compared to a normal, vaginal delivery. Normally, women can get out of bed after c section surgery and the wound dressing can be removed 24 hours after the operation. But generally, doctors have deemed it prudent to let the woman stay for two to three days in the hospital after delivery, for monitoring.
When is the best time for driving after c section surgery?
The answer actually varies. Some women can drive after two weeks while others prefer to take it slower and drive six weeks after the caesarean section. The answer is somewhere between two to six weeks.
Most women are not confident at driving after c section until after they get their first post natal checkup, six weeks after.
Here are some things to consider before driving after c section:
*** Can I enter and get out of my car without feeling any pain?
*** Can I buckle my seat belt without hurting my abdomen?
*** Can I move my body comfortably when I look in all directions while driving?
If you answer yes to all three questions a few weeks after c section, then driving after c section is possible.
Here are some tips that will help you recover more quickly after C section surgery and allow you to resume normal activities:
*** Walking can help in stimulating circulation. This way, you can avoid blood clots, and it also is a great way to promote normal bowel movement.
*** Once you are already home, take breaks in between your light exercises, but still avoiding climbing stairs, carrying heavy things and other strenuous physical activities.
*** Take rests and naps often.
*** Do not do sit-ups or any exercises that may strain the abdominal muscles
*** Support your belly with a pillow when you cough or take deep breaths
*** You can eat normal diet. Avoid greasy foods and those that cause heartburn. Eat plenty of dark, leafy green vegetables.
*** Drink lots of fluids
*** It is common that you may not have a regular bowel movement after the surgery. So try to avoid straining with bowel movement. It is advisable to eat fiber rich food and supplements every day. You can ask your doctor to give you a mild laxative if you have not had a bowel movement for two days.
You may feel that you are ready to resume the same activities that you were doing before your C section, but it better to ask your doctor first. Driving after C section is one of those activities that your body will tell you when it’s ready. Listen to your body. Aches, pain, fever and infection are real dangers. Tell your doctor right away if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.
It’s better to be safe than sorry.